More: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign (2. Jan. 2018)A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug.
Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel's virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly introduce the necessary changes to its Windows operating system in an upcoming Patch Tuesday: these changes were seeded to beta testers running fast-ring Windows Insider builds in November and December.
Ouch! Other OSes are expected to follow suit soon. And the problem is not limited to desktop computers; cloud services are impacted as well. The expected 5-30% performance hit, depending on the exact Intel processor, could turn out to cause major pain across the world.